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First Draft Friday: Conversations about author craft

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Guest author Jack Pierce is in a discussion with Alessandra Torre about writing horror stories that hit the mark.Jack will communicate how to write horror effectively and why horror is the most timeless genre of them all.This is an unedited cha
Guest author Stefan Emunds discusses the origins of story outline.A story is a dramatized virtual adventure.Likely, in the earliest days of storytelling, people took real-life adventures, like raiding a village, surviving a storm, escaping a de
Guest author Michael Hurd along with author Alessandra Torre will discuss strategies and tips for transitioning from objective writing to subjective writing. Each form has its own rules, style, and yes, habits. Switching isn’t always easy. Your
Guest author Fiona Quinn along with author Alessandra Torre discuss strategies for writing believable fiction. Writing your scene with confidence comes from having a good intellectual and sensory understanding of what your protagonist is attemp
Guest author Dave Reed discusses how to stop the never-ending cycle of years of NOT finishing a book—with a little help from his friends. Hiring a writing coach can feel daunting and expensive and fraught. Learn the seven secrets to getting mor
Guest author Andy Maslen is back with Alessandra Torre to discuss more about unpredictable emotions, unstable characters, and undermining perceptions in psychological thrillers.This is an unedited chat loaded with valuable and actionable advice
Episode notes: Bestselling author Andy Maslen outlines the genre conventions, challenges and rewards of writing psychological thrillers. He discusses sympathetic victims and ambiguous villains with Alessandra Torre - you won't want to miss this
Author MJ Blehart will discuss comparing and contrasting the different approaches of writing styles between “pantsers” and “planners” and the pros and cons of both. In this unedited chat, he’ll answer questions and give actionable tips.Listen i
Author Jim Woods will discuss with author and CEO of Authors AI a simple way to structure your book. Learn how to create a compelling story that draws in the reader and keeps them turning the page.  In this unedited chat, he’ll answer questions
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 20) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with author Cindy Skaggs.Side characters are often written without develo
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 19) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with editor Marion Archer. There comes a time in every novel’s life when
Thank you for joining us today! We hope you enjoy this First Draft Friday Episode(FDF 18) with best-selling author and CEO of Authors AI, Alessandra Torre in a discussion with best-selling YA author Morgan Baden. Young Adult stories are everywh
Romance authors Bron Whitley and Alessandra Torre discuss heat levels in different romance subgenres. Learn tips on building chemistry among characters in sweet and steamy ways, along with some do’s and don’ts of writing romantic scenes.Get an
Bestselling author Chris Fox and Alessandra Torre discuss how to get the most out of your writing time by increasing your writing speed. Learn tips and effective habits to improve your daily word count.Get your handout for Achieving Flow State:
Editor and author Tex Thompson and Alessandra Torre discuss some common pitfalls of a novel’s first pages, and how to kick yours into proper place.Get an expert analysis of your novel in minutes! https://authors.ai/
First drafts are supposed to be ugly, but this chat with book editor Susan Barnes will reveal the most common missteps that authors make. These mistakes can cause poor reviews, lost sales, and the worst of them all… readers setting down your bo
Location vs Characters. On this First Draft Friday, bestselling author Maria Luis will share how to use your location in the same way that you do your characters – to help bring your book to life! Maria Luis and Authors A.I. CEO Alessandra Torr
Learning how to improve your manuscript is an important skill for any author to have. On this First Draft Friday, USA Today bestselling romance author Penny Reid and Authors A.I. CEO Alessandra Torre discuss self-editing. Penny will share the s
Don’t have time (or the will) to create detailed book outlines in advance? Paranormal romance/urban fantasy author Steffanie Holmes will share her skeleton draft method. Steff writes a first draft for a book in a few days without any kind of pl
In a special Halloween episode of First Draft Friday, we are joined by cozy mystery authors Sara Rosett and Tonya Kappes.These bestselling mystery authors will have an open discussion about writing in the mystery genre. They’ll share tips for a
Most writers are familiar with the concept of the three-act structure. But a deep dive into story composition shows that it is more accurate to look at most novels in terms of four acts. Lou Aronica, Publisher of The Story Plant and New York Ti
Authors Alessandra Torre and Andy Maslen discuss creating complex characters on First Draft Friday.  Learn the art of creating complex, believable, three-dimensional characters, starting with your protagonist and antagonist from a bestselling B
Where do you start when creating characters for a new book or series that your readers will love? Veteran authors Judith Lucci and Fiona Quinn — who have more than 40 bestsellers between them — discuss a little-known technique they use to harne
What are the benefits of working with a professional book editor? Editor, Jason Kirk, and fantasy author, Charlie Holmberg, discuss the long-term benefits of working with a professional book editor. Learn how good editors can teach authors to “
Legal thriller author Robin James has a special superpower: writing through distractions. She and Danielle Girard offer tips on how to be more productive with your writing and how to power your way to success.BONUS!: 6 key productivity hacks fo
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